Albuquerque & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
Becoming a veterinarian was a lifelong dream of mine. By the age of 5, I made up my mind that a career in veterinary medicine was my destined path. I grew up loving all animals, and my parents proudly accepted my passion for pets, allowing me to raise many different species: dogs, cats, gerbils, rats, canaries, hedgehogs, and even a young crow who I rescued from the ocean. If I wasn’t at school or taking care of my pets, you could find me spending any free time I had on the back of a horse.... animals were my life!
Through college and veterinary school at the University of Florida, I worked with just about every species under the sun and found a special love for pigs. After vet school, I pursued a career with beef cattle and bison on the Montana prairie, while continuing to seek an education specializing in pigs. I earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in swine respiratory disease and worked with pigs for many years after completing my studies. Additionally, I had the privilege of conducting research and teaching veterinary students in Minnesota for several years.
A longing to be closer to my family finally brought me back to Maine where I transitioned my career to small animal medicine in general practice and emergency clinics. This is where I developed a love for geriatric patients, and expanded my abilities to assist these patients through receiving a Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture.
The passion I’ve developed for caring for geriatric patients led me to Lap of Love. End of life care is truly a calling of mine. I feel like I can offer families the profound understanding for helping them and their pets through these delicate moments. Joining Lap of Love has also brought me to New Mexico, where I’m appreciating a much warmer climate and am near my son again!
Aside from my passion for veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my pup, Daisy (a Chihuahua Dachshund mix who I rescued a few years back), and my silly orange cat, Arlo. I also love all forms of art, fly fishing for trout, a good cup of coffee, cooking, and knitting.
Erin Deveau, DVM
"Dear Dr. Erin,
Thank you for your compassionate assistance during our Chipmunk's passing. Thank you especially for your sensitivity to him and his fear of strangers.
He was a huge presence in every way, and our home will always feel a bit empty without him. But I am deeply grateful that his last moments were peaceful, in his own home, and that he is no longer in pain.
I will always think of you for our future babies, and gladly tell anyone and everyone I know about our experience with you.
Thank you for your loving service to animals and their humans."
Jennifer LaneCorrales, New Mexico
"Our family feels blessed to have been referred to Lap of Love! Dr. Erin made our difficult decision to put Grunt down so much easier. The compassion Dr. Erin gave us was as if we were family! I highly recommend using Lap of Love!!!"
Renee MorrisAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"When it was obvious our 17-year old dog, Poppy, was at the end, we didn't want to put her through having to be placed in a car and driven to a 24-hour veterinary clinic to be euthanized. (She needed to be taken care of on a Sunday.) We called Lap of Love in Albuquerque, and through every step of the process, including the initial phone call, the staff were unfailingly kind and professional. They arranged for Dr. Elizabeth Noyes, DVM, to come to our home later that afternoon. Dr. Elizabeth was so kind and radiated such good energy and competence. She greeted us with a hug, looked at Poppy and whole heartedly agreed that it was time. She explained everything to us, both before and during the process. She was very gentle and sweet with Poppy, while also being mindful of our stress as well. Our beloved Poppy crossed the Rainbow Bridge, at peace and no longer suffering. We are very thankful to Lap of Love for being available during an off time, and for providing the excellent service that they do. Euthanizing a beloved pet is so heart-wrenching, even when you know it is the right thing to do. Lap of Love makes it just a bit easier and less stressful. We can't recommend them enough."
Stephanie JuddoAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Elizabeth was so compassionate and kind. She really helped with the process of losing my Bonita. I will never forget her and what she did to help ease our suffering during this time."
Laura RamirezAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Thank you so much for your kindness and concern for Barkley. It's such a difficult time and you helped ease the pain.
It was truly wonderful to be able to have him at home during this process."
Chris SchuelerAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"When it was time to say good-bye to our beloved kitty, we knew we wanted to have her euthanized at home. Dr. Erin showed so much care and compassion. She explained everything carefully, listened with interest to stories about our cat, and we never felt rushed throughout the entire process. Our sweet girl passed quietly and peacefully."
Maureen JettAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572